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Nipping at shows
When I show my gelding in halter and showmanship at shows he gets really nippy and bored waiting for the class to be judged. I have started not to use a chain because he reared in the past becasue of the chain. At home anytime he tries to nip i correct him. Do you have any hints about stopping this habit at shows?
Does he do it when you are practicing at home? Or only at shows? Maybe he's learned that he can do it at a show because you won't correct him. If he does it all the time, you just need to make sure you correct him every time he does it so that he doesn't have inconsistencies. If he only does it at shows, it's going to take correcting him as much as it takes in a class at a show once or twice. It will probably take you out of the ribbons, but it will be better in the long run.
On occasion he will do it at home but it mostly at the shows that he has figured out he can nip.
Maybe something you can try and enter into a showmanship class and ask to not be judged but preform the pattern. I enter D & I into a 14-17 flat class now and then (not to be judged of course) to keep him from getting anticipaty(sp) on me. So we walk trot canter then when we turn around and he starts to jig, everyone else trots and canters while we walk. Normally I just turn my number upsidown(sp??). If show management will let you do this then since you will not be placing anyways you can use the standing time to school. just make sure the judge knows what is going on :D. Just an idea :P - I'm sure it would make him go WWHHHAAA:shock: we're.... we're... in a class??! :lol:
My gelding did the same thing and still does once in a while. I try to keep him moving before the class (make sure you lunge him good) and then he is more ready to "rest" once the class actually begins. He still gets a little bored if we have Halter then Showmanship right afterwards, but he is much better now. Keep your horse active and thinking before the class and see if he isn't better once you get into the class.
At the show I am going attend there is an open schooling showmanship class which I may enter in so that I can school him and get after him. My show is on April 17th.
As Ridehorses99 said, keep him moving. It helps get him focused and then he'll be ready to "rest" when you're ready to go in the show ring.
Another thing I do with a nippy horse is basically just ignore it. Sometimes horses will get more worked up & more nippy the more you correct them. I take away the temptation to nip at me & then the horse has no choice in the matter. Simply removing your hand from the lead and resting it at your side is enough to remove the temptation. Or positioning the lead shank strategically out of reach of the horse's lips. If I remember correctly, you have a fairly young horse, and a gelding at that, so this is just a phase. Ignore it (by removing the temptation, which really isn't ignoring it, I guess) and he'll grow up.
He is an 11 year old with 3 year old brain. Before I bought him at 8 he was stalled with no excise and out time from age 3 to 8 and then I basicly restarted and this what I have now.
I agree with the ignore it. See if that works to getting rid of it, he could be just trying to get attention with it.
Do you feed him treats by hand? If so thats something I would stop. That might be what is encouraging the nipping a little bit. If you don't, then its not an issue ahha. I can't even get my 3YO to eat treats because I never hand fed him when I had him as a yearling and I've tried since but nope he isn't interested in treats at all, fail! lol.
I do feed him treats by hand but only when I am trying to work on getting him used to the clippers by his ears. Another issue that I am working on.
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